Action for Children (AFC) is a global program focusing on initiatives aimed at improving the welfare of children by scaling up the brand and fundraising of grassroots organizations. The program was initiated in 2008 by Together4Change alliance, a consortium of four international organizations Wilde Ganzen (Wild Geese), Were ldkinderen (NICWO), SOS kinderdorpen (SOS Children’s Villages) and Investing in Children and their Societies (ICS) supported by Dutch government.
Together 4 Change alliance is based on the concept of Civic Driven Change and gives the highest priority to change being achieved by people and society themselves. For its program, Action for Children, organizations with a similar ideology were selected from five developing economies, namely India, Brazil, South Africa, Ghana and Kenya. Smile Foundation is the implementing partner for the program in India.
Action for Children, being carried out by Wilde Ganzen, is based on the belief that the responsibility of social development lies not only with the government, but also requires equal participation from the privileged masses.
Smile Foundation implemented the first phase of the program (MFS I) between 2008 and 2011. The program is now in its second phase (MFS II) and extends till 2015.